Category: Family & Parenting

8 reasons why I’m in no rush to stop breastfeeding

There are lots of things I like about breastfeeding – and here are eight reasons why I’m in no rush to stop. Of course there are also some drawbacks (leaky boobs are never a good look!) and it’s not for everyone, but I have had a positive experience so far. I’m not getting into any breast milk vs formula debate – I’m pro-doing-whatever-works-for-you – so there is no offence intended, this is just a light hearted post about my experience of breastfeeding. Please share your own breastfeeding benefits in the comments below! (more…)

Best Buys for Weaning

Clara is six months old. How did that happen? Where have the last few months gone?

She now has three teeth – which have seemingly sprung from nowhere – and a week ago we introduced food. The greedy girl just can’t get enough. She wolfs down the portions of pureed carrot, parsnip, apple or pear and then cries when its all gone.

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I’ve been freezing portions of fruit and veg in small pots and ice cube trays, defrosting what I need each day to save time. But none of this starting with one or two ice-cube sized portions, oh no – within a week she is having 6 cubes worth at a time, 2 meals a day (on top of her usual milk feeds) and still wanting more. (more…)

Breastfeeding: Doing My Best

Press pause: Why I don’t want to rush the baby milestones

Whenever I look at Clara – whether she is sound asleep in her moses basket, feeding contently or giving me a big cheeky smile – I don’t want these moments to end.

With your first child you can’t wait to reach the big milestones. We rush to wean onto food, impatiently anticipate their first word and step, even look forward to that first tooth popping up.

As they grow into toddlers and young children, its all about how quickly they can potty train, learn to count, learn colours, shapes and numbers. (more…)

Seven signs Frozen has taken over my life

Frozen has officially taken over our lives. I know this because of the following things that have happened lately…

1. Izzy can (and incessantly does) reenact the entire film word for word complete with actions and facial expressions. She gives me roles to play but gets really annoyed if I don’t get the words exactly right.

2. Whenever anyone in our house starts a sentence with the words “Do you…”, someone quickly jumps in with “wanna build a snowman?” (more…)